The upcoming release of Barbie has captivated audiences worldwide, with Margot Robbie embodying the essence of the iconic blonde bombshell. The film, centered around the beloved Mattel toy, has been in development for several years, leaving room for speculation on who could have secured the coveted role of Barbie before Robbie. While Greta Gerwig was the production’s first choice for director, Robbie remained open-minded, knowing she might not be Gerwig’s initial pick for the role—and she was perfectly content with that prospect.
In a recent interview with FilmSweep’s Perri Nemiroff, Robbie shared her experience of joining the Barbie project as a producer, with no assurance of landing the acting role. She explained:
“I didn’t want to impose my presence on whoever our director would be—especially considering Greta was our first choice. I made it clear that I wouldn’t be offended if I wasn’t chosen for the role. We could explore any possibilities. I fully supported the director’s vision and their desired casting. As a producer, I had a stake in the project, but as an actor, I wanted the freedom of choice for the director.”
Robbie further expressed, “And Greta responded with, ‘Stop doubting yourself, I want to write this for you.’ I cautioned her about feeling pressured to say that… and we engaged in that back-and-forth for a while. Eventually, I accepted that she genuinely wanted me to portray the character. She wrote the script with me and Ryan [Gosling] in mind, and our names were already embedded in the fabric of the story: ‘Barbie – Margot,’ ‘Ken – Ryan Gosling.'” Audiences are equally fortunate that Gerwig recognized the remarkable compatibility of this dynamic duo for their respective roles as Barbie and Ken.
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What Defines the Essence of Barbie?
Barbie commences with the most recognizable version of the doll (Margot Robbie) realizing that her carefree lifestyle of parties and beach outings may not offer the fulfillment she once believed. Dissatisfied with the possibilities Barbie Land holds, the realm inhabited by various iterations of Barbie and Ken, she sets forth on an adventure into the human world. Unexpectedly, the Ken she was dating (Ryan Gosling) decides to join her on this journey without prior notice. Now, the duo must navigate both Barbie’s quest for answers and the enchanting hazards of a real-life city.
Apart from Robbie and Gosling, the star-studded cast of Barbie includes Issa Rae, Emma Mackey, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Hari Nef, John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Alexandra Shipp, Ncuti Gatwa, Will Ferrell, Michael Cera, America Ferrera, Emerald Fennell, and singer-songwriter Dua Lipa.
Barbie will hit theaters on July 21. Be sure to watch our interview with Margot Robbie above.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Barbie casting
What is the movie “Barbie” about?
“Barbie” is a film centered around the iconic Mattel toy. The story follows Barbie (portrayed by Margot Robbie) as she embarks on a journey from Barbie Land to the human world, accompanied by her unexpected companion, Ken (played by Ryan Gosling). Together, they navigate both Barbie’s quest for meaning and the challenges of a real-life city.
Who was the first choice for the director of “Barbie”?
Greta Gerwig was the production’s first choice for the director of “Barbie.” Her vision and storytelling style aligned with the project, making her an ideal fit for bringing the beloved toy to life on the big screen.
Was Margot Robbie always the first choice for the role of Barbie?
While Greta Gerwig was the preferred director, Margot Robbie wasn’t guaranteed the role of Barbie initially. Robbie, who also served as a producer, openly expressed her support for the director’s freedom to choose any actress for the role. However, after discussions and deliberations, Gerwig ultimately decided to write the role specifically for Robbie, solidifying her as the perfect fit for Barbie.
Who else is part of the cast of “Barbie”?
Apart from Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, the star-studded cast of “Barbie” includes Issa Rae, Emma Mackey, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Hari Nef, John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Alexandra Shipp, Ncuti Gatwa, Will Ferrell, Michael Cera, America Ferrera, Emerald Fennell, and singer-songwriter Dua Lipa. These talented actors bring a diverse range of characters to the film.
When will “Barbie” be released in theaters?
“Barbie” is set to hit theaters on July 21. It promises to be an exciting and entertaining adventure for fans of the iconic doll and movie enthusiasts alike.